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Game of Thrones is king of the Emmy nominations list

By David Mercer

Game of Thrones has earned the most nominations for this year's Emmys, as a host of British talent competes for awards on US television's biggest night.

The HBO fantasy filmed in Northern Ireland received 23 nominations - edging out The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, which earned 22 nods - and goes head-to-head with Downton Abbey for outstanding drama series.

Last year, Game of Thrones racked up an impressive 12 wins from 24 nominations.

Britons Idris Elba, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston will compete for best lead actor in a limited series or movie, while James Corden's Late, Late Show is nominated for best talk series.

Hiddleston is nominated for his role in the BBC's The Night Manager. Co-stars Hugh Laurie and Olivia Colman are named in the supporting role categories.

The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, which aired on BBC Two, dominated nominations in the acting categories.

Cuba Gooding Jr, who played OJ Simpson, and Courtney B Vance, who played Simpson's lawyer Johnnie Cochran, are both up for best lead actor in a limited series. Sarah Paulson is nominated for best lead actress in a limited series for her role as prosecutor Marcia Clark.

David Schwimmer, who played Simpson's lawyer and friend Robert Kardashian, John Travolta, who portrayed defence lawyer Robert Shapiro, and Sterling K Brown, who played prosecutor Christopher Darden, are also nominated for best supporting actor in a limited series.

A host of stars from Game Of Thrones are also up for acting awards. Kit Harington and Peter Dinklage are nominated for best supporting actor in a drama series, while Maisie Williams and Emilia Clarke are nominated for best supporting actress in a drama series.

Game Of Thrones and Downton Abbey are nominated for the outstanding drama series award, along with Better Call Saul, Homeland, House Of Cards, Mr Robot and The Americans.

Veep earned 17 nominations, including best comedy series and best lead actress in a comedy series, for its star Julia-Louis Dreyfus.

US talk show host Jimmy Kimmel will present the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on September 18.

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